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Busy Cake Poppin…

December 11, 2016

This weekend my son’s school had a Craft Holiday Shop for students to buy small affordable gifts for Christmas. I decided to participate and get a table to sell some goodies. I ended up making both chocolate and vanilla cake pops that were covered in white chocolate and dark chocolate.  I also sold some hand painted ornaments that I made for next to nothing.

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The reindeer cake pops above were so simple to make. The pops were dipped in dark chocolate a left to dry. The eyes of the reindeer were Wilton white flat sprinkles with drawn on pupils with an edible pen. The noses were red fondant rolled into an oval shape and glued on with melted chocolate. After drying, I put the pops in bags and tied the bag with tan pipe cleaners.

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These cake pops are the party pops! I made these same cake pops for both of my kid’s birthday parties. Kids really gravitate to the sprinkles. I used paper straws from the craft store as the stick but I had to cut off two inches from the original straw because they were a bit long. For the pop stand, I wrapped two boxes in Christmas paper and stacked them for a cheap and easy set up.

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The snowman pops were made of vanilla cake and covered in white chocolate. I used vanilla cake on these because chocolate cake tends to make the pops very dark. After the dipped pops were dry, I piped on chocolate eyes, mouth and a orange chocolate carrot nose.

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These are my hand painted ornaments that sold pretty well. I really should have made more Cubs ornaments…we are in Chicago Cubs territory! Other ornaments that sold well were the semi personalized ones, like “BEST DAD EVER and BEST SISTER EVER.”  Now I know for next year what themes to focus on.  These ornaments were wood slices from a branch in my father-in law’s backyard. We cut 50 slices, sanded them and drilled a hole in each for the ribbon hanger. I painted and glittered each ornament with love…just like I do with cakes!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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BRUTUS the Buckeye Cake

November 20, 2016

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This weekend I created a cake for a family friend that was of the Ohio State University mascot, Brutus the Buckeye. I had no idea what a buckeye was until I did a little research on the mascot. A buckeye is a nut from Ohio that is supposed to bring you good luck when you carry it.  There’s my lesson for the day.

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Here he is, Brutus from Ohio State.

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This cake that I created was HUGE! It measured 9 inches tall by 14 inches wide. I started the cake by stacking four 11 x15 inch chocolate cakes. You can’t see it but I put a structure in the cake. Basically it’s two cakes stacked on each other with dowels to hold it up. Any cake that is over 6 inches must have dowels or some sort of support. If this cake didn’t have the structure, it would buckle and eventually fall over.

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After the cake was chilled, I used a sharp serrated knife to carve the cake into the buckeye shape.  Let’s just say I had LOTS of cake scraps that I will be using for cake pops.

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I just wanted to show you how big the cake was…and my little partner.

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I made the baseball hat out of rice krispies treats and covered it in fondant. The cake board was also covered in fondant to match Brutus’ uniform he wears for every football game. This was a fun cake to make and I’m glad I got to learn a little more about Ohio State University.

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Hand Painted Ornaments

November 12, 2016

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For the last week I haven’t done any cake stuff but I’ve been busy painting lots of ornaments for my son’s school.  I LOVE anything that has to do with paints, ribbons, glitter…anything crafty. To get this project started, my Father-in-law and I found a tree branch and cut it into 50 circle slices. I drilled holes for the ribbon hangers and used my acrylic paint to decorate the circles. Michael’s had christmas ribbons on sale for 50% off so I grabbed a couple of those. These were seriously the cheapest ornaments to make.

I made a wide variety of ornaments so there would be one for all type of people. Since we live in Chicago Cubs territory I made lots of white ornaments with the blue W for the Cubs “Fly the W” flag. And I had to make the Irish ornaments, GO IRISH!

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Gravity Defying Spaghetti Cake

November 4, 2016

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Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and this year I decided to make him a gravity defying cake. He loves spaghetti and I thought a big bowl of it would be a perfect birthday cake.

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In my last post I talked about using plastic “real” looking silver utensils for my forked cake pop eyeballs. I had left over utensils from the eyeballs so I decided to use one of these forks in my gravity defying cake. The fork is actually glued to a wooden skewer and covered in fondant and buttercream sauce. It’s so simple.

For the actual cake, I carved a chocolate cake into the shape of a tall bowl. Then, I covered it in white fondant and starting making yellow noodles. Boy, did it take me a long time to make the noodles. I used a small clay extruder when I really should have used a pasta machine. I need to invest in one of those! Anyway, I draped the noodles around the edge of the bowl and piped orange/red buttercream on top. The Amicolor gel color I actually used was called terra-cotta. I also added crushed oreo cookies to the buttercream to make it look like spices and chunks of other spaghetti ingredients.

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When I brought out the cake my kids couldn’t believe that it was a cake. I even made a piece of garlic toast out of rice krispies treats that was covered in fondant. Sometimes cakes like this are hard to eat because your mind plays tricks on you. One year, I made my husband a cake that looked like bbq chicken wings….he really had a hard time eating that one and was a little grossed out!

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What a wonderful time we had with all of our family for my husband’s birthday. We look forward to having many more! We love you, babe.

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Halloween Forked Eyeball Cake Pops

October 31, 2016

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It’s that time of year again….HALLOWEEN!!! Our family loves Halloween and this year I wanted to share how I made this spooky forked eyeball cake pop.

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So, I’m not going to go through the whole process of making a cake pop but I will share how I made the cake pop look like an eyeball. Usually lollipop sticks are used for cake pops but this time I used plastic forks that looked like real silver. I found these at Walmart but they are a bit pricey compared to normal plastic utensils.

First, I dipped the tips of the forks into melted white chocolate and stuck the fork half way through the cake ball. I placed the tray of forked cake balls in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so the chocolate glued the ball and fork together. The cake balls are then dipped into the white chocolate and placed back on to the tray. Next, I cut out circles of colored fondant for the iris of the eyes and smaller black circles for the pupils. I placed the circles on the dipped cake balls with a little bit of vegetable shortening. I took a toothpick and put a tiny dot of white chocolate on the pupil to give it a “real” eye look.  I whipped up a small batch of royal icing and colored it red for the veins in the eye. The tiniest hole was cut in the end of the piping bag so my red veins would be nice and thin when piped in the eyeball.

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Here are our spooky carved pumpkins for tonight.

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Kylo Ren and Strawberry Shortcake!

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Forrest Gump and Wednesday Addams!

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Squirrel Cake Topper

September 29, 2016

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This weekend is my Father-In-Law’s birthday and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted me to make him. He told me not to make a big decorated cake but just a nice pineapple upside down cake. Well, I HAVE TO GIVE HIM SOME SORT OF DECOR!  So, I came up with a funny little squirrel that I’ll place right on top of the pineapples. He’s been trying to trap three squirrels that are eating his shed in the backyard and I thought it would be so funny to make a fondant squirrel for his cake. He has made it his mission to get those little rodents.

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The squirrel is made of rice krispies treats and covered in 50/50 fondant and modeling chocolate. The head is actually a foam egg and also covered in the 50/50. I ran out of 50/50 so the tail is just fondant. I painted the little guy with food color gel and vodka. The vodka waters down the gel and makes for perfect paint that is like watercolors.  I also dusted the squirrel with petal dust and a majority of him in chocolate cocoa powder.

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To get the look of the fur I used my wilton tool that has lots of lines on it…sorry I don’t know what it’s called. I scored lines all over his body but kept them in a flowing pattern. For the tail, I rolled out a sausage shape of fondant and used my tiny scissors to cut pointy pieces to resemble a fluffy tail.

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I also gave him a little smile, just for my Father-In-Law. I hope you like my squirrel!

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Giant Tennis Ball Cake

September 23, 2016

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This cake was made for a beautiful girl who was turning 18. That’s a big birthday because all the sudden you’re considered an adult….but you’re a still a kid too. I created decor that represents her life and what she loves to do.  Tennis is the main theme here and by the giant tennis ball on top, who would guess she LOVES tennis. I really enjoyed creating this cake because I love making little detailed decorations that make the cake a one of a kind.

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I don’t know a lot about tennis but I really enjoyed making the fondant tennis bag, racket and little tennis balls. The bag is made of Rice Krispies Treats and covered in fondant.

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I made the princess crown by shaping the tiara around a can of green beans. It’s the only thing I could find that had the right shape and size I needed for the cake. I laid the can on it’s side and covered it in wax paper and placed the ropes of fondant on the can to dry. After it was totally dry, I sprayed it with gold Wilton Color Mist.

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The giant tennis ball topper is the main focal point for the cake. (The ball was a styrofoam ball that I purchased at Joann’s craft store)  I wanted the ball to look furry like a real tennis ball. To get this look, I used a technique with a grass piping tip. All you do is lightly push and twist the tip into the fondant. I remembered a great tutorial I had seen a long time ago by Krazy Kool Cakes that showed how to make fur on a fondant Elmo topper. Here’s the link below: